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United to Learn Teen Fellows Summer Cohort
Hannah Hairston

Earlier this summer, students participated in a four-day intensive United to Learn (U2L) Teen Fellows Summer Cohort.  Throughout the week, they explored a wide variety of topics related to educational equity and leadership. Students started by investigating and presenting on the "Opportunity Gap" we see in Dallas and how things such as poverty, healthcare access, internet access, food insecurity, homelessness, and access to early learning opportunities can impact a child's education. Students heard from multiple U2L experts in addition to doing their own research. Students took deep dives into the importance of literacy, Social Emotional Learning, ways to create engaging learning environments, and school governance at the local, state and federal levels. They also took time to explore their own personal purpose and passions as they relate to making an impact in their community.  The Fellows then worked in the speediest fashion to prepare a "PITCH" presentation where they designed and proposed a solution (using design thinking) for chosen issues.